The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: September 30th

Welcome to this week's The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things nerdy. We break down everything in the world of nerdom, ranging from superheroes to Star Wars and every other geeky thing in between, and analyse the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is definitely worth checking out. Then we have a little bit of fun with some movie-related videos and clips. It's a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week's Nerd Round-Up. 

The News

It is being reported that Michelle Williams will be joining Tom Hardy as the female lead in Venom. What this says to me is that Sony is really going after true talent with this movie. You have two Oscar nominated actors leading this film. Now, that doesn't mean I think Venom will be an Oscar contender; I don't think that at all. What this does show me is that Sony is committed to getting truly good talent, similarly to how Marvel has conducted casting their films. So it's more of a sign of faith in the project on Sony's part than really anything else. The question now becomes who will Williams be playing? My first thought was that it be someone from the Spider-Man mythos, like a Gwen Stacy or a Mary Jane Watson. However, this Venom movie is loosely connected to the MCU, and we know that Marvel would want to save those characters to use in the Tom Holland Spider-Man movies. It's possible that Williams will be playing Shriek, a character prominent in the Maximum Carnage comic book storyline. But I think the biggest probability is that Williams will be playing an original character, or a comic book character who has no real association to Venom in the comics. I think she will be playing a love interest for Eddie Brock, who acts as a moral conscious to reel him in from being a full-on villain. As to whether she'll be an actual character from the comics, we'll have to wait and see how it pans out. 

We recently learned that Linda Hamilton would be reprising her role as Sarah Connor in Terminator 6, which would act as a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day (you can read more about that here). With that announcement, there's been speculation that Terminator 6 would ignore the events of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: Salvation, and Terminator: Genisys. Not only were they panned by both critics and fans, but they had the least to do with the actual Sarah Connor storyline prevalent in The Terminator and Judgment Day. We now have official confirmation that Terminator 6 will in fact be ignoring the past three films, and will be the definitive third film. What's funny about this is that Genisys was said to be ignoring the two movies before it, and it would be the definitive third film. I do have hope in this movie, but there's only so many times you can wipe the slate clean and try again. We also now know that Terminator 6 will be hitting theaters in summer of 2019. I think that's a great target date for the film. It's not too far off that the audience will become disinterested, but it also gives the project enough time to be properly developed. It would feel rushed if it was coming out next year. I also think it gives James Cameron time to help promote the movie, since he'll be busy promoting his Avatar sequels starting in 2020. So far, I'm on board with Terminator 6; I'm still cautiously optimistic, as the past three films have been bad. But I'm hearing enough good things coming out of this movie to make me think it could be good. 

It's being reported that James Cameron's four Avatar sequels will have a combined budget of $1 billion dollars. When this broke online, I saw a lot of people shocked that the movies would be costing that much. However, it's really not that outrageous. Cameron is making four films at once, so that's approximately $250 million per film, which is the average amount for a giant blockbuster like these movies will be. When you combine the totals and say they have a $1 billion dollar budget, it sounds like a lot. But, in actuality, it's just the average blockbuster budget times four. This does show me, however, that Fox is putting an incredible amount of faith in these four films. While it's the average amount of money for a blockbuster, it is still an incredible risk to have Cameron make four of these back-to-back-to-back-to-back, with no way to stop and reassess should the first one misfire. If Avatar 2 comes out in 2020 and it's panned by the fans and critics, and it underperforms at the box office, Fox has already spent $750 million just on the production budgets for the next three movies. If Avatar 2 fails, then Fox is screwed. So they are putting a lot of faith in James Cameron by giving him all of this money. Again, the $1 billion dollar number is not outrageous in of itself, as it's divided among four films. But that doesn't stop it from being a huge risk on Fox's part.

The Other Sh*t

Honest Trailers- Star Trek: The Next Generation,
courtesy of Screen Junkies

Will Leia Die in Episode VIII- Star Wars Talk Tuesdays,
courtesy of John Campea

Are Original Movies Dead??, courtesy of 
Schmoes Know

So that's our Nerd Round-Up for this week. What do you think? What are your thoughts on the news articles? What about the videos? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by: Nathanael Moln├ír
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